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Latest SA energy crisis brings political backlash

Eskom declared a power supply emergency during peak demand hours on 20 and 21 February, allowing the utility to compel key energy intensive customers to reduce power consumption by 10%. Although Eskom published a provisional load shedding schedule, managed blackouts were avoided following a 1,000MW reduction in demand by customers, including at least 200MW of voluntary savings by commercial and residential customers. The other 800MW was mostly reductions from industrial consumers, particularly members of the Energy Intensive User Group. Eskom declared a similar emergency in November last year.

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